Forthcoming Legislation

Changes to the Employment Tribunals Act 1996

Effective
to be confirmed

Following its consultation on reforming the employment tribunal system, the Government intends to make the following changes to the Employment Tribunals Act 1996.

Pension Schemes Bill 2019–20

Effective
to be confirmed

This Bill contains measures to allow collective defined contribution schemes to operate in the UK, for instance.

Regulations to introduce fines on trade unions

Effective
to be confirmed

The draft Trade Union (Financial Penalties) Regulations allow trade union Certification Officers to fine unions for non-compliance with statutory requirements.

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill 2019-20

Effective
to be confirmed

The European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill implements the Withdrawal Agreement agreed between the United Kingdom and the European Union (EU) on 17 October 2019.

Scotland legislates to increase the number of women on public boards

Effective
to be confirmed

The Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Act 2018 sets a “gender representation objective” for public authorities in Scotland when they make appointments to non-executive board positions.

New legislation to ensure tips go to workers

Effective
to be confirmed

The Government is to introduce legislation to ensure that tips left for workers go to them in full.

Four-week break will not interrupt continuity of employment

Effective
to be confirmed

The Government is to extend from one week to four weeks the period that breaks continuity of employment when assessing eligibility for statutory employment rights.

The right to request a more stable contract

Effective
to be confirmed

The Government is to introduce a new right for all workers to request a more predictable and stable contract.

Ministers required to consider EU employment law after Brexit

Effective
to be confirmed

The Government has issued draft legislation requiring ministers to make a statement of compatibility where a post-Brexit Bill affects employment rights or workplace health and safety standards.

New mothers to get enhanced redundancy protection

Effective
to be confirmed

The Government is to extend redundancy protection for six months from the date of a mother’s return to work. The reform will also cover those taking adoption and shared parental leave, helping to ensure new parents are protected from discrimination in the workplace.

Employment regulations for a smooth Brexit

Effective
EU Exit Day

The following regulations make technical amendments to employment law so that it continues to operate effectively on the day the UK leaves the EU.

Data protection regulations for a smooth Brexit

Effective
EU Exit Day

The Data Protection, Privacy and Electronic Communications (Amendments etc) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 became law on 28 February 2019 and will come into force on EU Exit Day.

Providing a key information document to agency workers

Effective
6 April 2020

From 6 April 2020 all agency workers must be given a key information document before agreeing terms with an employment business.

IR35 reform to apply in the private sector

Effective
6 April 2020

A reform to the off-payroll working (IR35) rules that has been introduced in the public sector is to be extended to medium-sized and large companies in the private sector.

Agency Workers (Amendment) Regulations 2019

Reference
SI 2019/724
Effective
6 April 2020

These regulations amend the Agency Workers Regulations 2010 so that agency workers will no longer be able to opt out of their equal pay entitlements.

Employment Rights (Employment Particulars and Paid Annual Leave) (Amendment) Regulations 2018

Reference
SI 2018/1378
Effective
6 April 2020

These regulations require employers to provide all workers with a written statement of employment particulars on the day employment begins (currently the statement has to be provided within eight weeks).

National Insurance Contributions (Termination Awards and Sporting Testimonials) Act

Reference
2019, chapter 23
Effective
6 April 2020

This Act introduces a new 13.8% Class 1A Employer National Insurance Contributions (NICs) charge to any part of a termination award or payment from a sporting testimonial that is already liable to Income Tax.

ICE arrangements: threshold for request reduced

Effective
6 April 2020

The percentage of employees required for a valid request to set up information and consultation of employees (ICE) arrangements is to be reduced from 10% to 2%.

Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018

Reference
SI 2018/24
Effective
April 2020

The Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018 entitles parents who lose a child under the age of 18 to two weeks' paid leave.